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The Institute of Masters of Wine is the home of exceptional expertise in the wine world. What started more than 65 years ago as an exam for the UK wine trade is now a globally recognised title collectively held by a worldwide family of Masters of Wine. Today, there are 409 MWs based in 30 countries, each making their own contribution to the world of wine. Becoming an MW means gaining entry into a unique wine community; one that brings enriching personal and professional opportunities, as well as lifelong friendships.

ABOUT US

The IMW’s mission is to promote excellence, interaction, and learning across all sectors of the global wine community. As well as running the MW study programme, our programme of worldwide events offers unparalleled opportunities to taste and learn. These tastings and seminars, including our international symposium, are open for anyone to attend – you don’t have to be a Master of Wine to join in.

FIND AN MW

The IMW’s directory of Masters of Wine allows you to search not just by name, but also by skills and specialisms. MWs are active all over the world and in all fields; MWs are winemakers, journalists, consultants, buyers, auctioneers, educators and much more. If you are looking for an MW in a particular country, expert comment on a specific style of wine, a speaker for your event, or experienced commercial advice, look no further.

THE MW EXAM

The MW exam tests the breadth and depth of a candidate’s theoretical knowledge and tasting skills in the art, science and business of wine. By passing the MW exam, you become a member of the IMW, gain the title Master of Wine and can use the initials MW after your name. The MW exam is a series of tasting and theory papers, plus an in-depth research project. You can find out about all stages of the exam, as well as downloading past papers, by clicking below.

Latest News

MW student Aki Wong awarded FICOFI scholarship

MW student Aki Wong awarded FICOFI scholarship

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that Master of Wine student Aki Wong has been awarded the 2021 FICOFI scholarship. The FICOFI scholarship is open to stage two students in the MW study programme based in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau,...

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Members of the Institute of Masters of Wine have elected Neil Hadley MW as the new chair of the organisation. Neil, the 55th chair of the IMW, is general manager, export for family-owned Taylors/Wakefield Wines of the Clare Valley, South Australia. Speaking after his...

Digital celebration for 23 new Masters of Wine

Digital celebration for 23 new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has released a digital celebration to welcome 23 new Masters of Wine to its membership. The short film replaces the postponed 2020 annual awards ceremony, which should have been held this November at Vintners' Hall, London. After...

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

Sixteen new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced 16 new Masters of Wine, taking the total number of MWs in the world today to over 400. Based in nine different countries, the new MWs are Mike Best MW (UK), Nick Bielak MW (UK), Beans Boughton MW (UAE), Duane Coates MW...

Andrew Caillard MW recent projects

Andrew Caillard MW recent projects

Australian-based Master of Wine Andrew Caillard MW has been working on some new and exciting projects: recently published books Imagining Coonawarra and Penfolds The Rewards of Patience, documentary film Blind Ambition and podcast series Australian Grapevine Stories....

Christophe Heynen MW named Belgian Wine Personality of the Year 2020

Christophe Heynen MW named Belgian Wine Personality of the Year 2020

Christophe Heynen MW has been named Belgian Wine Personality of the Year 2020 by Essentielle VINO magazine/ Vinopress, Belgium’s major wine publication – member of IPM group. He is the 12th wine professional to be awarded this title. Christophe was chosen amongst 50...

Latest News

MW student Aki Wong awarded FICOFI scholarship

MW student Aki Wong awarded FICOFI scholarship

The Institute of Masters of Wine is delighted to announce that Master of Wine student Aki Wong has been awarded the 2021 FICOFI scholarship. The FICOFI scholarship is open to stage two students in the MW study programme based in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau,...

Digital celebration for 23 new Masters of Wine

Digital celebration for 23 new Masters of Wine

The Institute of Masters of Wine has released a digital celebration to welcome 23 new Masters of Wine to its membership. The short film replaces the postponed 2020 annual awards ceremony, which should have been held this November at Vintners' Hall, London. After...

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the IMW

Members of the Institute of Masters of Wine have elected Neil Hadley MW as the new chair of the organisation. Neil, the 55th chair of the IMW, is general manager, export for family-owned Taylors/Wakefield Wines of the Clare Valley, South Australia. Speaking after his...

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Andrew Caillard MW recent projects

Andrew Caillard MW recent projects

Australian-based Master of Wine Andrew Caillard MW has been working on some new and exciting projects: recently published books Imagining Coonawarra and Penfolds The Rewards of Patience, documentary film Blind Ambition and podcast series Australian Grapevine Stories....

Christophe Heynen MW named Belgian Wine Personality of the Year 2020

Christophe Heynen MW named Belgian Wine Personality of the Year 2020

Christophe Heynen MW has been named Belgian Wine Personality of the Year 2020 by Essentielle VINO magazine/ Vinopress, Belgium’s major wine publication – member of IPM group. He is the 12th wine professional to be awarded this title. Christophe was chosen amongst 50...

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